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Sir William Osler and Lady Osler letters


Held at: Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia [Contact Us]19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

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Sir William Osler, 1st Baronet (1849-1919) was a Canadian-born physician. He has been described as the Father of Modern Medicine. Osler received his M.D. from McGill University in Montreal in 1872. Following postgraduate training in Europe, Osler returned to McGill University as a professor in 1874. In 1884 he was appointed Chair of Clinical Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Osler became the first chief of staff at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1889, and in 1893 one of the first professors of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. In 1905 he was appointed to the Regius Chair of Medicine at Oxford, which he held until his death. Osler was created a baronet in 1911 for his many contributions to the field of medicine

This collection consists of six letters to Sir William and Lady Osler, written in 1917. The letters are from Major Vivian A. Batchelor, Dr. Harvey Cushing, and Dr. G.E. Brewer, and others. They letters mainly discuss the circumstances of the death of the Osler's son, who was killed in Belgium during World War I. One letter is manuscript and the others are typed transcripts.

Accession number: 2001-008

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